Ok, that’s it! After an 0-5 start to the season on the road, I’ve decided the season doesn’t really begin until the home opener tomorrow. Of course the stats and numbers will stand for the whole season. Anyone catch Nats Insider yesterday? If not, I’ve attached it for your convenience heh. Turns out the station’s website was streaming something else, so it could only be heard over the airwaves. I wanted to mention something about Shawn Hill’s start the night the interview was recorded, but didn’t get a chance to. Shawn Hill won in his debut with the Padres. Also, with two guys on the DL who are going to have to come back eventually (Anderson Hernandez and Terrell Young) and Jordan Zimmermann getting called up in a week… some roster moves will have to happen.
Speaking of opening day – Snuggie Tailgate Party?! The only problem I’m having is where? We have a parking pass, so I’m sure people will be scattered. So how about ponying up $7.50 a beer and meeting at the Red Porch? (ah, the parking situation is making Stan’s plan come together on people getting inside the park). We’ll probably get there around 1 PM after sneaking the kids out of school early.
Now I have to go put some baskets together and hide eggs before the kiddos get up!
The inaugural season in Nats Park was a learning experience for the Nationals who have spent the offseason not only improving the team on the field but the ballpark experience as well. This year, they have vowed improved concessions, both in content and customer service. The park appears to be taking on a personality of its own and becoming less generic (and getting more contrast for better photos). Oops, I forgot to check out the new MASN broadcast booth amidst all the rain in the morning, but I guess we’ll all see it tonight, eh? (woo! baseball tonight!). Some outtakes of the video of yesterday’s media tour featuring new concessionaire Levy Restaurants and what’s new at Nationals Park for 2009 – I was presenting yet another one of my harebrained ideas to Stan Kasten when he was pulled away for an interview. He shrugged apologetically to me as he walked away. I said, “that’s okay, you’re a popular guy!” His response? “I’m not, really.”
I also tried to get a money shot of him putting food in his mouth – I mean, that’s what the day was all about, right? He implied that would be rude and unprofessional. Darn (I certainly don’t want to be considered rude!). Then he popped a raw bell pepper slice into his mouth after I dropped the camera to my side.
Besides the giant bobbleheaded mascots, the other way cool item at Nats Park in my opinion is the display of Topps baseball cards on garage B to represent the starting lineup. I hope yesterday’s blank frames are filled for tonight’s game.
Thanks to Kristen of We’ve Got Heart for helping out with video camera duties! Otherwise, half this video would not be possible.
I’m long overdue for a TCN episode, so this will have to do for now. I think I’m getting a little better especially at following the rapid fire change of topics, and I realize I’m my own worst critic, but there were a couple awkward moments there. Like, how many times could I say Jordan Zimmermann?! (not that there’s anything wrong with that) At least it was relevant as he pitched yesterday, successfully working out of jams for the first time this spring — because it was the first time he’d found himself in one. I’d love to see the kids continue that consistency and poise, but I am curious to see how long it takes for hitters to figure him out at the major league level? Also, I totally brain-farted and forgot to mention that seeing a healthy Nick Johnson at first base and hitting home runs was definitely cause for optimism! Elijah Dukes has been hitting the ball well too, but I didn’t actually see him play much while there, so he didn’t pop into my head either.
Believe it or not, I had the idea for this before I learned that Joel Hanrahan’s brother Mark was having a spread done in the Des Moines Register’s “Juice” Magazine on his “Man Cave” (or Manctuary as he calls it). But it did give me more chit-chat fodder for my first video victim, closer Joel Hanrahan! The idea struck me over the Christmas holidays as I tried to clean out my “sports” closet and realized much of my collection needed a new and proper (larger) display home. I only got as far as moving most stuff into a room of its own and have since been pondering how to make it look sporty and become my (wo)man cave! Instead, it also serves as my lighthouse stuff room, photography equipment room, and assorted miscellaneous crap room.
So I asked Joel Hanrahan and Manny Acta about their collections and man caves when I saw them at the Martinsburg, WV Mall on the Nationals Winter Caravan ’09. They very graciously answered. Hanrahan says his brother took his best stuff haha! Manny Acta takes the more sentimental approach. So watch the video to hear more! Many thanks to the two of them for sharing!
I apologize for the ho-humness of the silent video portions. YouTube can apparently now identify little clips of songs as being copyrighted by their owner! Wow. I do have someone writing me new original music (in the works before I discovered this little nugget!), but for now, I already had this pieced together with the music and had to delete the music out of the YouTube version. So I highly suggest you click the little link below to watch here or download!
Also, I’d love to see what others have in their collections and/or see their “wo/man caves”. I’m also shamelessly trying to get creative ideas for what to do with mine. So if you’d like to display yours proudly on our new website — I’ll do a special gallery; send photos to me at misschatter at gmail and I’ll do a special edition on the new website when it launches in a month or two!
Whew, now I need a rest. I’m not quite in baseball-following spring training shape yet, apparently. I’m pooped after the last three days and I still have more video to edit! Oooh this’ll save me some! Here’s MASN’s video from last night’s ESPN Zone Celebrity Cookoff!
Where were my index cards?! Ok, first off, the taking on Chico Harlan bit was all in jest! He did a fine job in his first season of covering the team for the Post and we obviously serve different functions. I’m a Mac to his PC (I totally wanted to use that line and it slipped — along with others). Seriously, I think Post writers do use PC laptops for work while I use a Mac, so there is some truth to that! I think for my first TV appearance this went pretty well, although the time flew and my 10 minutes was actually 7 minutes, so I wasn’t able to go very in-depth into anything. There was so much more I wanted to say, but I also didn’t want to talk over anyone. Feedback? Critiques? Applause? Heh.
I would totally do that again! Kim, the hair and makeup woman, was so flattering! Who can resist getting made up and fawned over? What’s not to love? I just wish I had turned more toward the cameras. All you can see is my pointy nose in the profile shots! And wow, my hair is short. Thanks much to Littles, Russ Thaler, Dan Steinberg, and Jamie Mottram for having me on the set. I was so nervous, but now that I’m not a virgin, if they ever have me back on, hopefully I won’t be shaking! But look Dave, I didn’t freeze up!